L to R: Valedictorian Aisha Griffin and Salutatorian Roberto Tirado, Jr., of the CAHS Class of 2017
Valedictorian Aisha Griffin and Salutatorian Roberto Tirado, Jr., led the procession of the "Diligent, Talented and Excellent" Charlotte Amalie High School (CAHS) Class of 2017 during a high-spirited celebration marking the school's 87th Annual Commencement on Sunday, June 18 at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center.
The class motto, "Diligence, Talent and Excellence, Virtues We Extol; We Will Achieve One Hundredfold" was at the forefront of the evening's proceedings as 220 proud graduates--111 boys and 109 girls--were ushered into the proud legacy of becoming a Hawks alumni.
Both Girffin and Tirado, Jr. offered messages of perseverance, personal accountability, achieving one's goals and overcoming adversity to their peers. During her remarks, presented in both English and Spanish, keynote speaker Dr. Yamilsa Aubain-Roebuck of the CAHS Class of 1992, told graduates,"Dreams don't become reality without faith; dreams don't become reality without confidence; dreams don't become reality without the right team; dreams don't become reality without humility; and dreams don't become reality without perseverance."
The evening was filled with many memorable moments, such as smooth and soulful vocal selections by Ripples on the Lake singing group and the CAHS band.
No excitement was spared as students received their diplomas. Cheers and celebratory instruments erupted across the arena as each name was called. With that, many students took the opportunity to dance their way back to their seats and celebrate in the aisles.
The CAHS Class of 2017 received $2.4 million in scholarships and awards, 216 students will attend college or university, and four will join the military